Lymantria is a genus of tussock moths in the family Erebidae. They are widely distributed throughout Europe, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Java, and Celebes. The genus was erected by Jacob Hübner in 1819.

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Lymantria nephrographa in Queensland, Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Tribe: Lymantriini
Genus: Lymantria
Hübner, 1819
  • Porthetria Hübner, [1819]
  • Hypogymna Billberg, 1820
  • Sericaria Berthold, 1827
  • Psilura Stephens, 1828
  • Erasta Gistl, 1848
  • Morasa Walker, 1855
  • Enome Walker, 1855
  • Palasea Wallengren, 1863
  • Pegella Walker, 1866
  • Pagella Kozhanchikov, 1950
  • Sarothropyga Felder, 1874
  • Nagunda Moore, 1879
  • Barhona Moore, 1879
  • Pyramocera Butler, 1880
  • Lymantica Collenette, 1936


In the male, the palpi are porrect (extending forward) and hairy. Antennae with long branches. Forewings with veins 3, 4 and 5 from close to angle of cell. Vein 6 from below upper angle. Veins 7 to 10 are stalked, where vein 7 being given off further from the cell than vein 10. Hindwings with veins 3, 4 and 5 from close to angle of cell. Vein 6 and 7 from upper angle. In female, antennae serrate (tooth like on one side). Wings either fully developed or partially reduced or completely reduced to scales.[1]


The following species are included in the genus.[2]


  1. ^ Hampson, G. F. (1892). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma: Moths Volume I. Taylor and Francis – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  2. ^ "Lymantria". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  • Ingram, R. (2010): Gypsy Moths (Lymantria spp.) Surveillance in Australia. DAFF mimeograph.
  • Pogue, Michael G. & Schaefer, Paul W. (2007): A Review of Selected Species of Lymantria Hübner, [1819] (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) from Subtropical and Temperate Regions of Asia, Including the Descriptions of Three New Species, Some Potentially Invasive to North America.
  • Schintlmeister, Alexander (2004). The Taxonomy of the Genus Lymantria Hübner, [1819] (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae).

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